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  •  I know that the Mannerists had an agenda (5+ / 0-)

    But seeing that Madonna in person, even knowing what Parmigianino had in mind - between the five year, the wonky perspective, Mary's ridiculous proportions, and the fact that Baby Jesus seems poised to slide right out of the frame and hit the security guard in the head, I simply couldn't keep a straight face.

    This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

    by Ellid on Sun May 18, 2014 at 06:22:56 AM PDT

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    •  I'm a sucker for decadence (3+ / 0-)
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      as long as it's other people's.

      I felt for it back in 1983 because I was working on my first Grand Unified Theory of the universe.
      1. When an empire succeeds, it reproduces itself and its cultural epitome all over the conquered land.
      2. The conquerors become bored, because the "whole world" is identical to home. "Everyone" speaks their language.
      3. Imperial high points are paradoxically the hot houses for skepticism, despair, and formal experimentation.

      My data was Hellenism, when they invented the novel and turned statues into realism and began to praise dyssymmetry and lumps, later Julio-Claudian Rome, when cults proliferated and sculpture began to again move from idealized to hyper realistic, 19th century UK, and America of my own day, where moving from Austin to Portland (either one) meant finding the same suburbs with the same malls with the same stores.

      ^^ That was 1983, remember. ^^

      I think my Grand Unified Theory may be right, but it's not an unique insight.

      "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

      by The Geogre on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:39:04 AM PDT

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